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Yvonne tutors residential (or non-residential if you live nearby) courses at Knuston Hall in Northamptonshire. This is the ideal place to learn botanical drawing and painting. It is a large, peaceful country house in its own grounds enjoying excellent food and friendly staff and students. The classes are mixed ability - complete beginners through to experienced and all students have one-to-one tuition and work at their own pace.

There are single and twin rooms available, all with private facilities. Partners and friends can join other courses running the same weekend if they are not interested in botanical painting. For example, there is a weekend learning about films made of the lives of famous artists (including Turner and Rembrandt), and seeing the actual films on the same dates as Yvonne's Knuston Hall course, on 16th-18th March 2018.

Details can be found at (tel: 01604 362200), email:

SOCIETY OF BOTANICAL ARTISTS Distance Learning Course on botanical painting.
If you cannot get to a class in person, you can learn by post step-by-step on this two-year course for which Yvonne is an award-winning tutor. Students from all over the world do this course and produce wonderful results.
More information is on the website of the Society of Botanical Artists.

The annual selling exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists is held annually. Details from their website. Members and non-members can exhibit.


Yvonne is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists who hold their annual selling exhibition at the Central Hall, Westminster in April each year. Details from the Society's website. Her Orchid Vanda Blue Magic was on display in Singapore 2015 in the exhibition Tropical Splendour at the Singapore Botanical Gardens to celebrate the gardens being made a World Heritage Site.


A Passion for Plants: Contemporary Botanical Masterworks by Dr Shirley Sherwood (Cassell 2001 £40 (hardback) £20 (paperback).
Yvonne is one of the artists featured in this book.

Flower Paintings from The Apothecaries' Garden - Contemporary Botanical Illustrations from the Chelsea Physic Garden edited by Andrew Brown published by Antique Collectors' Club (2005) at £25. Yvonne is featured in the book which shows paintings in the archives of the Chelsea Physic Garden.

Botanical Illustration from Chelsea Physic Garden by Andrew Brown, Antique Collectors' Club 2015.

The Great Fen – Artists for Nature in England by Chris Gerrard (Langford Press £35) features work by wildlife and botanical artists for the Artists for Nature Foundation to explain and illustrate the Great Fen restoration project currently being undertaken by The Wildlife Trusts.

The Art of Botanical Painting by Margaret Stevens (Harper Collins £20).
Published in association with the Society of Botanical Artists at £20. This book will be for all those interested in botanical painting and draws on the experience of many members of the Society. It is the key text book for students who enrol for the new SBA correspondence course in botanical painting - see above.

The Handbook of Plant Forms for Botanical Artists by Margaret Stevens (Batsford 2013). Two of Yvonne's Gold Medal paintings of tulips were chosen for the front and back covers of this book.

Read Yvonne's article titled "Art On The Amazon" regarding her trip in March 2014 to the Amazon aboard the Swan Hellenic cruise ship Minerva.

Comments from students:

"Thanks for being such a good tutor - from an entire novice I have made such good progress!"

"An inspiring beginning. Thanks for your help and encouragement"

"Thank you so much for a wonderful course. You've certainly opened my eyes!"

"A really enjoyable week - filled with new challenges. Very nice class atmosphere"

"Thank you for all your help and for making it all such fun"

"Thank you for a very instructive and happy weekend painting"

"Thank you for a very inspiring course. I hope to see you again"

"Many thanks for a wonderful workshop. We all got so much out of it"


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